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Massive sabotage feared this month

DHAKA, FEB 21: An intelligence agency on Thursday alerted security agencies to possible bomb attacks this month on sensitive targets by ‘anti-state elements’. It said in a message that places of Dhaka City like Shahbagh, Baitul Mukarram, Press Club and areas surrounding the Secretariat may be targeted for acts of sabotage including suicide bomb attacks. […]

By Michael Moore Last night was the Motion Picture Academy-sponsored dinner in Beverly Hills honoring the directors and producers of this year’s five nominated films for Best Documentary. The dinner was an occasional tradition my wife and I started six years ago when we took our fellow nominees (we were nominated for ‘Sicko’) out for a […]

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Recent mass protests have called for the death penalty for perpetrators of war crimes. Amnesty International South Asia Researcher Abbas Faiz voices concern over new laws making it easier to sentence criminals to death. DW: Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Dhaka to demand the death penalty for those convicted […]

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(Reuters) – Japan will provide $793 million to Bangladesh to fund four infrastructure projects, a senior Japanese aid official said on Wednesday. The bulk of the money will come in loans along with a $8.0 million grant under separate deals signed in Dhaka, said Takao Toda, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) […]

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At least 15 people were feared killed and over 50 others injured in a series of blasts that rocked the Indian city of Hyderabad Thursday evening. Three blasts were reported in quick succession starting 7.01 pm in the Dilsukh Nagar area of the city near a crowded bus stop, police said. The Home Secretary of […]

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Demonstrators from the ‘Ganajagaran Mancha’ at Shahbagh on Thursday gave the government a Mar 26 deadline to start the process for banning Jamaat-e-Islami. Imran H Sarker, the spokesperson for the ‘Ganajagaran Mancha’, also announced the next course of action while speaking at a massive rally at Shahbagh, now christened Prajanma Chattar, in the afternoon. Sarker, […]

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The family of Language Movement martyr Abul Barkat says they are not regularly getting a monthly grant promised by the government in 2006. Barkat’s nephew Alauddin Barkat said the government started giving them Tk 5,000 every month from 2006, but they never received the amount unless they pushed for it. Alauddin alleged the family has […]

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DHAKA: Bangladesh today shut down 12 blogs and Facebook pages alleging “malicious publicity” by suspected Islamists amid an intensified nationwide campaign against their leaders accused of crimes during the 1971 war. “Our Computer Security Incident Response Team (BD- CSIRT) has closed 12 blogs and Facebook pages which are being used to carry out malicious publicity […]

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Star Online Report The nation paid glowing homage on Thursday to the Language Movement martyrs who laid down their lives for the mother tongue in 1952. When the clock struck 12:01am Thursday, thousands of barefoot people from all strata of life converged on shaheed minar built across the country breaking the silence of the night. […]

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Agartala, Feb 21 (IANS) With thousands of people from either side of the border gathering at colourful functions to commemorate the “language martyrs”, India and Bangladesh jointly organised the International Mother Language Day. The day was first declared a special day for celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity by UNESCO in 1999. On Feb 21 each […]

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On Thursday, February 21, Bangladeshis celebrate the joy of getting to speak their native language in their country. The 21st marks International Mother Language Day, a UNESCO-sanctioned event that promotes the global recognition of a nation’s right to speak its native languages free from outside oppression. Bangladesh is the only nation in the world to have fought for and […]

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Tens of thousands of people are spilling into Shahbagh on the International Mother Language Day to attend a pre-announced rally there demanding death penalty for all convicted war criminals and a ban on the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami. People from across the broad social spectrum started converging in droves in the heart of the civil uprising […]

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